What’s Awesome?

Besides being my tagline, awesome is something that you get to define. Everyday. Some days, especially during this past year, awesome can be getting out of bed. Taking your dog for a walk. Doing a workout you didn’t want to do or stopping at one glass of wine. The list of small things goes on.…

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Your Ride is Your Ride

“We read to know we’re not alone.” That’s one of my favorite quotes. The sentiment that when we know others are having similar experiences and feelings, we feel less alone, and perhaps a bit stronger and more hopeful. After listening to a TED Radio Hour segment called “Processing the Pandemic”, I decided to make a…

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After Your First Ride Back

What do you have planned for your riders beyond that highly anticipated, special first ride back?  Have you thought about it? I have, even more than my “return ride”. I am working on creating an experience that will unfold over a three-month timeframe, peaking with a special theme ride.  My riders vary in age, but…

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Windows

My life, I’ve realized, is like a bank of windows opened at various heights. This is not my preference. I’d like each window to be either fully opened, fully closed or decidedly in the middle. But that’s rarely, if ever, the case. Except for cycling class. After one of my classes last week, I asked…

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Clarity 2020: Phone a Friend

I love the start of a new year. Everything about it (except staying up late on New Year’s Eve) aligns with my personality. I’m turned on by goal setting. I thrive on change and second chances. Completing financial spreadsheets to evaluate the year? Love it. But my favorite ritual is carving out quiet time to…

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Is the Instructor Talking to Me?

Karen Glooch of FiveSpokes Fitness

Hey Five Spokes riders – does this scene ring a bell? Your instructor looks out at the class and says, “Relax your shoulders and soften your elbows” and you automatically have one or more of the following thoughts: She/he isn’t talking to me. If I hear that one more time. I wonder who she/he is…

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Our Riders, Our Light

I know you can relate to this scenario: you’re tired and stressed from constantly hustling from one thing to the next and feeling on the verge of being overwhelmed by a too-long to-do list. Cycling class is two hours away and you haven’t had time to think about the profile. A list of questions fires…

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What if I’m Motivated by Different Music than My Riders?

Great instructors are passionate about music. They have an ear for what works and what doesn’t. They know how to create playlists that support their profiles, appeal to the class timeslot, and most importantly, motivates them. What? Shouldn’t I create playlists based on what my riders want? It’s a consideration for sure, but asking riders…

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Truth and Grace

Today someone shared this bit of wisdom with me during a discussion about the art of speaking the truth when giving feedback: You have to speak enough truth to be authentic and have enough grace to be kind; the balance between the two determines your effectiveness. Wow. Succinct, accurate, timely. Our conversation wasn’t related to…

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Home Again

As promised, here’s my blog on Mad Dogg Master Instructor Sarah Morelli’s Gravity ride from this year’s WSSC conference. The ride was held in the main ballroom with hundreds of bikes, two huge screens, a big stage and killer sound system. The energy in that room is signature WSSC: hundreds of humming wheels, sound checks,…

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